Curacao is in a lockdown, because of the Covid-19 crisis, and we are all not allowed to go out. But some of us have gardens with trees and other vegetations and for all of you we share the exiting news that the spring migration has started and is becoming visible for all of you on the lookout for special birds.
Last week we got several heads up from nature loves in the area of Lagun who had seen a bright red bird sitting on their feeders in the garden. This bird is identified and is a Scarlet tanager, a male in its prime and in breeding colours. Completely red with black wingmarks.
Colleague Rob from Curacao Backyard Birding filmed a male American redstart in his garden last week as well, in full breeding plumage.
Slowly but surely the birds are heading back to North America and many of them visit the island for a much needed break to stock up on food and water.
So as long as we have to stay home, stay alert and help out by putting out a basin of fresh water every day, which can be anything as long as it is about 2-3 cm deep, cleaned every day and offer fresh water and maybe beside it some fresh overripe fruit of bird seed if you have it in the house. And let us know what you spot in your garden (we would love some pictures as well, even if they are from far away with a phone camera.
Enjoy the birdlife in this weird and also interesting times.
The photos of the Scarlet tanager at Lagun provided by Lisa Cook and Hans Ponte! Thank you for keeping us updated!